Distance Learning Potpourri

Distance Learning!

Free Virtual Tours & Entertainment (from RAILS and DeKalb Public Library)

Free eBooks and eReading

  • Audible eAudiobooks:  At stories.audible.com, you will find hundreds of titles available completely free. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. These stories offer a screen-free option. There are selections for listeners in English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
  • Cricket eBooks (requires registration): Register for your 1-year FREE membership to the Cricket eBook Library. Then, login anytime from a computer, tablet or mobile device to access our growing library of audio-narrated eBooks. Up to 300 eBooks available, and more being added every day.
  • DigiLibraries: Free e-books in a variety of formats, including Chromebook compatible.
  • Librivox: Free public domain audiobooks.
  • Project Gutenberg: Free public domain e-books.​

Free Educational Resources (from RAILS) - Note: some require account creation

  • ABC Mouse 30-day free trial
  • Beanstalk: Educational materials focused on pre-school aged youth. Free to join during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Britannica Digital Learning: Get free access to Britannica LaunchPacks, for social studies and science, being leveraged by schools across the world who are grappling with shutdowns, conducting virtual lessons, and working to minimize the impact on students, families, and staff.
  • Mathspace: adaptive math program for grades 3-12 that gives students feedback at every step of their work. Also includes full etextbook aligned to state and common core standards and instructional videos and reporting tools. Any school that has closed during the COVID-19 pandemic is eligible for free access.
  • Mental health resources from Chicago Public Library
  • NASA STEM Engagement: A variety of STEM-related videos, homework help, and games from NASA.
  • PBS Learning Media: Curated collection of free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more for Illinois teachers.
  • Scholastic Teachables: This resource for PreK – 6th Grade offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports, and skills sheets. Over 25,000 teacher created, vetted printables to support your instruction.
    • User ID: schteachables46
    • Password: blue
  • ScienceBuddies: Science Buddies offers thousands of free resources for learning STEM, including a collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos. Each of our K-12 activities covers a specific STEM concept, can be done in an hour or less, and can usually be done with materials easily found at home.
  • SpellingCity: Efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list. Currently free with code "VSCFree90".

A comprehensive list of resources can also be found at www.amazingeducationalresources.com. This list was not created or vetted by RAILS, but is a compilation of resources curated by the educator community.